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February 19, 2012Heading into the ninth inning Saturday night, it looked as if new Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad would be getting his first victory under his belt. Instead, the rookie skipper will have to make sure that a frustrating loss to Gonzaga doesn't have lingering affects for his squad.
NU fell behind early 3-0 before they scored six straight runs to take the lead heading into the top of the seventh inning. The Zags put up a two spot in the top of the seventh, but the Huskers answered back with two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Projected closer Tyler Niederklein proceeded to give up five hits and five runs while only recording one out in the top of the ninth before being taken out. Nebraska got out of the inning without any further damage.
NU tried to mount a rally when Rich Sanguinetti opened the bottom of the ninth with a double, but a diving catch in the outfield snuffed out any building momentum.
Kash Kalkowski led the Huskers' offensive attack with two hits and two RBI, and Kurt Farmer had his first home run of the season.
After a shaky start, sophomore Jon Keller pitched 5 & 1⁄3 innings, giving up three runs on 10 hits while striking out four. Sophomore Brandon Pierce looked sharp in his late inning pitching stint.
Nebraska will now try to salvage the final game of the series at 12:00 p.m. Sunday.